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Cybrios Report #2 – Ron Baity

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Ron Baity, North Carolina Pastor, Suggests Gays Should Be Prosecuted Like They Were 300 Years Ago

 

Ron Baity

A prominent North Carolina pastor has joined the chorus of voices speaking out in favor of Amendment One, which would define marriage as being between a man and a woman in the state’s constitution.

Ron Baity, founding pastor of Winston-Salem’s Berean Baptist Church and head of the anti-marriage equality organization Return America, referred to homosexuality as “a perverted lifestyle” in a Sunday sermon before telling his congregation that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people should be prosecuted, Good as You is reporting.

“For 300 years, we had laws that would prosecute that lifestyle,” he is quoted as saying. “We’ve gone down the wrong path. We’ve become so dumb that we have accepted a lie for the truth, and we’ve…discarded the truth on the shoals of shipwreck!”

Baity’s commentary come on the heels of anti-gay marriage remarks made by two other North Carolina religious leaders, Beacon Baptist Church Pastor Tim Rabon and Pastor Sean Harris, also of Barean Baptist Church.

State residents will go to the polls on May 8 to vote on both the same-sex marriage measure and to pick a Republican presidential candidate.

As The New York Times reports, recent polls of the state and an analysis of past ballot initiatives in other states suggest that the measure is likely to pass.

[Huffington Post]

 

Lawrence O’Donnell’s Response to Pastor Sean Harris

The Last Word’s Lawrence O’Donnell Responds to Pastor Sean Harris

Lawrence OdonnellLawrence O’Donnell laid into Evangelical preacher Sean Harris, whose horrific sermon suggesting parents “punch” their gay-acting children caused public outrage.

Harris urged his congregation to physically respond to when their sons “act girly” or their daughters “act butch.” After his sermon raised many eyebrows, Harris told his local paper that he was joking during the sermon. He issued what he called an “official statement of retraction,” which O’Donnell read on air during his Wednesday night show.

Harris wrote that he’d like to retract “any and all words that suggest that child abuse is appropriate for any and all types of behaviors including (but not limited to) effeminacy and sexual immorality of all types. I should not have said what I said about “cracking,” “punching,” and particular bias toward outward attraction of girls. Nor should I have used the words “special dispensation.” I did not say that children should be squashed.”

O’Donnell replayed lines from Harris’ sermon and contrasted his incendiary statements against his retraction. During his sermon, Harris said, “Your little son starts acting a little girlish and instead of squashing that like a cockroach, you take pictures.” O’Donnell asked, “Wait – isn’t the four-year-old boy you’re talking about there the cockroach that should be squashed?”

Sean Harris’ statement also included, “I have never suggested children or those in the LGBT lifestyle should be beaten, punched, abused (physically or psychologically) in any form or fashion.”

O’Donnell then played a clip from Harris’ sermon in which he said, “Dads—the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that limp wrist. Man up. Give them a good punch, okay?”

Harris also said he did not mean to intentionally offend anyone. “What does this man look like when he is trying to offend someone?” O’Donnell asked.

O’Donnell then wondered, “What kind of holy man, what kind of man of God lies about what he has said in a video taped sermon when he is apologizing for what he said in that sermon. He did say that if your son has a limp wrist, you should punch him.” O’Donnell later added, “He lies about having said that.”

Source: Huffington Post

 

Pastor Sean Harris Compares Himself to Jesus

Pastor Sean Harris, Who Advocated Parents Beat Gay-Acting Children, Defends Sermon, Compares Himself To Jesus

The North Carolina pastor whose violent anti-gay rant blew up across the blogosphere, said in an interview that his message to parents in a sermon — to “punch” a boy who is effeminate and “crack that wrist” if he is limp-wristed — were taken out of the “context of a ministry,” and that he meant them “figuratively,” claiming that Jesus, too, in the Bible, “conjures up violent images.”

Pastor Sean Harris of the Barean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, N.C. retracted the statements of violence but continued to defend his comments about the “importance of gender distinctions that God created,” as well his condemnation of homosexuality, citing the Bible. But he was not able to explain other passages in the Bible, such as those condoning slavery, saying he didn’t realize the interview would “slant and redirect the conversation.”

“I had no idea that the video would be chopped and posted in the blogosphere in a such a manner in which the entirety isn’t understood,” Harris said in an interview on my radio program on SiriusXM OutQ yesterday. “Those were not the best choice of words. If I had to do it over again again I would not choose those words. I was using hyperbole in an effort to communicate the importance of the gender distinctions that God created. I would offer an apology to anyone I have offended. I don’t make an apology for those gender distinctions that are the word of God.”

In trying to explain why he used violence to convey his message even though he is now retracting the statements, Harris said: “In the context of the scripture, Mark, chapter 9, Jesus conjures up violent images as well, when he says, ‘If your hand is causing you to sin, cut it off.’ He’s not speaking literally. He’s speaking figuratively, using hyperbole to convey the importance of the offense.”

Harris said the comments were taken out of context because in the rest of the video of his sermon, “I get ready to tell the church, ‘We are not to be homophobic. We are to love the gay person.’”

Nonetheless, Harris defended his condemnation of homosexuality by quoting the New Testament and the Old Testament. When asked about passages in the both the Old Testament and the New Testament condoning slavery, however, he said those passages are taken “out of context.”

“I didn’t realize this was going to be an interview on slavery,” he added, when asked why he selectively used the Bible. “It’s unfortunate that [I was not told] you were going to slant and redirect the conversation. It’s unfortunate that I accepted this phone call.”

Source: Huffington Post

 

Cybrios Report #1 – Sean Harris

North Carolina Pastor Sean Harris: Parents Should ‘Punch’ Their Gay-Acting Children (AUDIO)

A North Carolina pastor’s horrific anti-gay tirade is making the blogosphere rounds.

Sean Harris, senior pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Fayettesville, spoke at length in support of North Carolina’s proposed Amendment 1, which would outlaw same-sex marriage, during an hour-long sermon on Sunday. In this clip, provided by Jeremy Hooper of the blog Good as You, a man identified as Harris is heard urging his congregation to attack their children if they appear to be exhibiting behavior outside of gender norms.

“So your little son starts to act a little girlish when he is four years old and instead of squashing that like a cockroach and saying, ‘Man up, son, get that dress off you and get outside and dig a ditch, because that is what boys do,’ you get out the camera and you start taking pictures of Johnny acting like a female and then you upload it to YouTube and everybody laughs about it and the next thing you know, this dude, this kid is acting out childhood fantasies that should have been squashed.

Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give him a good punch. Ok? You are not going to act like that. You were made by God to be a male and you are going to be a male. And when your daughter starts acting too butch, you reign her in. And you say, ‘Oh, no, sweetheart. You can play sports. Play them to the glory of God. But sometimes you are going to act like a girl and walk like a girl and talk like a girl and smell like a girl and that means you are going to be beautiful. You are going to be attractive. You are going to dress yourself up.’”

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